The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.
Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.
Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.
Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.
The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.
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Sunday, March 26 | 2 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church, Fargo Dr. Monte Grisé and Dr. Kenyon Williams will perform this Sunday for the Fargo Moorhead Symphony’s Chamber Concert event, “April Foolin’ With PDQ Bach.” This musical-comedy concert is guaranteed to leave you laughing while enjoying the antics of the “Weird Al” of classical music, […]
April 5-8 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage Challenging production transforms Gaede Stage into 20-ton pool of water Ovid’s mythological tales undergo dramatic transformation by contemporary, award-winning director/playwright Mary Zimmerman in a production of Metamorphoses, presented by the MSUM School of Performing Arts April 5 to 8 on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center […]
Sunday, March 26 | 2 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music at MSUM, will host the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s “April Foolin’ with PDQ Bach” chamber music concert this coming Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (in downtown Fargo). The concert will feature strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and […]
Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Terrie Manno (Professor of Music/Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies) and Michael Dean (Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University) will present a Duo Piano recital Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the MSUM Center for the Arts Fox Recital Hall. […]
As a part of the MSUM Freshman/Transfer Scholarship Audition Day this Friday, the MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present an open rehearsal/performance of Steve Reich’s epic masterwork “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ” in the Center for the Arts Art Gallery from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Come listen to this gentle, flowing work which begs the listener […]